Putin Signs Law on Crimea's Annexation

World | March 21, 2014, Friday // 15:49| Views: 705 | Comments: 1
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Bulgaria: Putin Signs Law on Crimea's Annexation Russian President Vladimir Putin signs the new law, Photo by EPA/BGNES

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the law ratifying the incorporation of Crimea into the Russian Federation.

Under the newly-approved legislation, Crimea and its city of Sevastopol (which formally was not part of the autonomous region when it was in Ukraine) are joining the federation as its "new subjects". Out of their territories, the Federal District of Crimea is to be constituted.

Oleg Belaventsev, who was formerly head of a company subordinated to the Defense Ministry, will be Putin's representative in the new district.

The ceremony, which was staged at the Kremlin in Moscow, was aired live on TV channel Russia 24.

On Sunday, 96% of Crimea's population voted in favour of breaking away from Ukraine and joining Russia.

The move was condemned and declared illegal by Ukraine, the EU, and the US. The West has imposed sanctions on Russian and Crimean officials, without ruling the possibility of adopting economic measures in case of escalation.

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Warfou - 22 Mar 2014 // 01:53:40

Russia won't digest the Crimea as easily, it will cost them dearly. Putler has spent US 50 Billons to organize Sochi games to raise Russia prestige and reputation, and now everything is lost.